Review: Richard Herring, Ashcroft Arts Centre

Richard Herring
Richard Herring
The Kings panto cast includes  Melinda Messenger, Anita Harris, Simon Grant, Marcus Patrick, Jack Edwards and Jordan Adams, along with seven dwarfs, plus new star Hannah Lowther as Snow White 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (170922-2941)

The Kings casts its magic spell on Snow White panto cast

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Richard Herring rises to the challenge of taking stand-up to a new level by examining the crucial difference between men and women.

His latest show, Talking Cock: The Second Coming, examines man’s other best friend in penetrating detail.

His homage to manhood, a blokey alternative to the successful Vagina Monologues, is intelligently witty, never crass or coarsely smutty; provoking gales of laughter from an enthusiastic audience of consenting adults.

Herring has researched his subject exhaustively. He presents his findings, and the results of a huge online survey, as a phallic powerpoint presentation. I’ll never be able to take a workplace seminar seriously after this.

Respondents to his online questionnaire have provided a wealth of material for his alternative science lecture, packed with factoids,anecdotes and increasingly imaginative euphemisms..

Herring is cheerfully blithe about his subject. There is some four-letter humour for shock value, but only a prude could be offended.

He makes you laugh, and he makes you think. And he provokes some interesting after-show conversation...

Life is, after all, about the pursuit of happiness - the greatest gift that we possess.